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East Africa Dominates London Marathon

April 21, 2013

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Ethiopian runner Tsegaye Kebede was first to cross the finish line in the 2013 London Marathon. After spending the race striving to catch up with lead runner Emmanuel Mutai, Kebede passed the Kenyan during the last mile of the race.

Under increased security, runners bowed their heads in a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. Black bows pinned to jerseys and colored wristbands were donned as reminders of the attack that just days earlier threatened to dampen the spirit of London’s marathoners.

East Africa’s elite runners dominated the race in both the male and female categories. Taking the top five positions among the men were Kebede and Mutai in 1st and 2nd place, followed by Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia), Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) and Wilson Kipsang (Kenya).

In the women’s division, Kenyan runners Priscah Jeptoo and Edna Kiplagat took 1st and 2nd, followed by Japan’s Yukiko Akaba, with Ethiopians Atsede Baysa and Meselech Melkamu finishing out the top five.


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